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By Focusing on Health, a Community Goes From 'Little Vietnam' to Vibrant and Thriving

September 3, 2013
by Jeff Levi & Carol Naughton
Huffington Post

The piece was co-authored with Carol Naughton, Senior Vice President, Purpose Built Communities

Effective, affordable health care is essential for improving health, but what happens beyond the doctor's office also has a major impact on how healthy we are. There is increasing understanding of how important it is to combine good medical care with support in daily life.

Where we live, learn, work and play all make a difference -- for better or worse. Nutritious school lunches, affordable healthy foods, safe places to live, convenient places to exercise, clean air and water and a range of other factors contribute to how healthy we are. In fact, where you live can dramatically increase your chance of living a longer, healthier life, in some cases by as much as 13 years.

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